Many, many thanks to all.
From what I read it seems that for my prints - 24 inch printer - there is little to be gained in print quality form buying a MF system compared to propperly done stitches from a D3x. Maybe I with time can approach even better quality with stitches as Bernard suggests is possible. Time will show..
So, I have decided to go for the stitching option. Thanks for helping out Saved me a lot of money!
If you really want to answer this question the only way to do so would be to shoot both yourself.
At a dealer like ours you could do so for free. You could also attend one of the workshops we work with (e.g. GetDPI's upcoming Oregon workshop) where you could use just about every camera on the market (canon, nikon, sony as well as several Phase One backs).
IMO (and its only that, opinion) composition through pan+tilt+stitch removes a lot of the hands-on feeling that photography gives me. You can't really compose; you just point the camera in the right general direction and take a composition much looser than you think you want because you can't be confident where the frame edges will end up after you apply the geometric distortions to merge them together. It feels too abstract and removed from the actual process of photography.
Also keep in mind that while Bernard says six total images from the D3X (captured with excellent technique) will come close to a P65+ that many of our P65+ shooters are using a tech camera which allows them to shoot 180+ megapixel images which would imply the need for 18 frames from a D3x (again assuming the technique was perfect); the stitching on a tech camera requires no geometric distortion since the lens and camera remain static and the back simply moves to capture different parts of the same image circle. This means on a tech camera that 180 megapixel image requires no elegant stitching, distortion correction, or cropping - so you can actually compose at the time of capture.
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